CPSL to hold 75th an­nual con­ven­tion in Matara to­day

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SANDUN A JAYASEKERA

Al­most, all the so­cial­ist poli­cies that ben­e­fited peo­ple were ini­ti­ated by us. Our lead­ers like S.a.wick­ra­mas­inha and M.g.mendis sac­ri­ficed their en­tire po­lit­i­cal life for the suc­cess of the CPSL. Many ben­e­fits are en­joyed to­day as a re­sult of our strug­gle

The 75th an­nual con­ven­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL) will be held at 3.00 pm to­day (8) at the Uyan­watta Grounds in Matara.

Around 3,000 Com­mu­nist party cadres from Sri Lanka and over­seas are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the cer­e­mony, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the CPSL, for­mer Min­is­ter DEW Gu­nasekara said.

Min­is­ter Gu­nasekara, speak­ing on the eve of the an­niver­sary at the party of­fice, pointed out that the Com­mu­nism had been prac­tised

in Sri Lanka for cen­turies and all re­bel­lions against for­eign­ers who in­vaded the coun­try had been mooted based on the con­cept of Com­mu­nism.

The best ex­am­ple is the ‘Uva-wellassa Re­bel­lion’ two hun­dred years ago in the month of No­vem­ber. The month is sig­nif­i­cant to the Com­mu­nist move­ment world­wide be­cause many revo­lu­tions in­flu­enced by Com­mu­nism took place in No­vem­ber, he said.

The CPSL is the sec­ond old­est party in Sri Lanka af­ter the LSSP, but the con­tri­bu­tion of the CPSL and its fore­fa­thers to gain in­de­pen­dence from the Bri­tish, in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple friendly poli­cies, es­tab­lish­ment of the EPF, tak­ing over of ports, es­tates and var­i­ous busi­nesses from for­eign­ers have been a bless­ing to the peo­ple of this coun­try.

“Al­most, all the so­cial­ist poli­cies that ben­e­fited peo­ple were ini­ti­ated by us. Our lead­ers like S.a.wick­ra­mas­inha and M.g.mendis sac­ri­ficed their en­tire po­lit­i­cal life for the suc­cess of the CPSL. Many ben­e­fits are en­joyed to­day as a re­sult of our strug­gle,” Mr. Gu­nasekara stressed.

Mr. Gu­nasekara pointed out that the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic cri­sis was a re­sult of the coun­try’s rulers dis­tanc­ing from so­cial­ist ideals. The neo-lib­eral poli­cies and work­ing pro­grammes that copied the cap­i­tal­ist the­ory have dev­as­tated the na­tional econ­omy, so­cial fab­ric and pol­i­tics in the coun­try with no hope for the fu­ture.

The 75th an­niver­sary would try to show Sri Lankans a way out of this mess and it is up to those in power to look at our poli­cies and act ac­cord­ingly, he stressed.

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